Industrial PCs

Industrial PCs May 1, 1998

Sensors and data acquisition gain sensitivity

Sensors and data acquisition products at NMW are likely to give PC-based systems data they need to succeed in automation and control fields.BEI Sensors & Systems Co. (Sylmar, Calif.) launched its LIE5 Series linear incremental encoders in North America following its recent strategic alliance with Carl Zeiss (Jena and Oberkochen, Germany) to market the latter's pr...

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Industrial PCs April 1, 1998

National Industrial Automation Show shines at National Manufacturing Week

Expected to draw more than 21,000 visitors and about 215 exhibitors, this year's National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS) may have eclipsed its own expectations. Final attendance figures aren't available yet, but many aisles were jammed during much of the event, especially on March 17 and 18 when control and automation professionals swarmed the south building at McCormick Place, Chicago.

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Industrial PCs April 1, 1998

cSiemens increases world PC, PLC market share

Following recent gains in market share for its PLCs in Europe, America, and Asia, Siemens currently accounts for 28% of the DM 8 billion world market, according to Hubert Ovenhausen, director of Siemens' Industrial Automation Systems Division. "We attribute our additional profits to the success of the Totally Integrated Automation system introduced last year, wh...

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Industrial PCs April 1, 1998

32X bandwidth boost for PCI bus

Los Gatos, Calif.— Using a dual counter-rotating ring with automatic shortest-path-first architecture to provide a fault-adaptive routing and protocol, this chip quadruples throughput and halves latency compared to single-ring PCI bus designs. This new ring connection chip provides aggregate bandwidth of 4.

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Industrial PCs April 1, 1998

Nematron expects growth, seeks president, coo

Nematron's (Ann Arbor, Mich.) growth and new leadership were emphasized during a review of $75 million in major contracts won by the industrial PC-based hardware and software company in a March 17 statement by company officials at National Manufacturing Week here March 16-19.

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Industrial PCs April 1, 1998

Chrysler drives new assembly line with PCs

'We wanted to maximize machine up-time, move away from PLC technology, and greatly reduce floor space requirements for the system," says Chrysler's Kokomo, Ind. plant manager Ken Moore.To meet these requirements, Chrysler chose Cutler-Hammer's (Westville, Ohio) Open Automation Computer, Steeplechase's (Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Industrial PCs March 1, 1998

GE Fanuc Buys Rest of AFE Holdings, Forms Integration Team

More than year after buying 70% of AFE Holdings in late 1996, GE Fanuc Automation North America Inc. recently bought the remaining 30% of AFE.A manufacturer of operator interface (OI) and software products with subsidiaries in the U.K., U.S., and Canada, AFE's products are now sold under GE Fanuc's family of Cimplicity OI products.

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Industrial PCs February 1, 1998

Modular Instrument Open Spec

Austin, Tex.—PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) specification delivers a modular architecture that leverages the PCI bus in the CompactPCI form factor for a wide range of PC-based control and measurement applications. The PXI also leverages the CompactPCI specification for industrial computers, defining a rugged form factor for PCI that offers superior mechanical integrity, easy i...

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Industrial PCs February 1, 1998

Redundancy in Control

How is redundancy implemented for PC-based control? The first step is defining a physical interface to the real world that will provide multiple computers controlling the same I/O system.One way to provide multiple "controllers" is to implement a "mirroring backup" so that another system also collects all data.

By Gint Burokas
Industrial PCs January 1, 1998

PC&automation Conference Will Aid Factory Floor-Management Ties

A growing working relationship between three standards—the PC, Windows, and Interbus—is becoming the basis of a new open infrastructure for connecting the management office with the production floor. To help participants handle this trend, Interbus Club recently joined with IBM and Microsoft to launch a new international conference called "pc&auto...

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